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Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: The Application
You'll be considered for various types of aid when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on January 1st for the next upcoming aid year. The application can be found here 
ATTENTION: As of May 10, 2015, you will need a Federal Student AID (FSA) ID to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.  The FSA ID will replace your FSA PIN. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to 

NOTE: If you have already completed your FAFSA for 2015/2016, you may create an FSA ID the next time you sign on. Please click on the link below for instructions on how to create an FSA ID:


A FAFSA must be completed for each new academic year extending from Fall through Summer

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Step 2: Follow-up


You may need to submit additional information after you complete the FAFSA. 
Check  your student portal, for a list of required documents to complete your 2015-16 financial aid file. 
Additionally, important notifications about your financial aid will be sent to your CCC email account, please continue to check your email for important updates.                                                                      
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Step 3: The Notification Process


You will receive an electronic award notification via CCC student email for the current award year
To view an award for the current Semester, login to your account at


Step 4: Disbursement

Disbursement is the process of authorizing and applying your financial aid awards to your student account 
For the Fall and Spring terms, multiple disbursements of financial aid dollars will occur throughout the payment period/term. The first half of the disbursement will be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the term begins and the remaining disbursement will be scheduled two weeks after mid-term.   
For the Summer term, 100% of the disbursement will be scheduled 2 weeks after mid-term.  

After disbursements occur, you may receive a refund. Any cash balance of financial aid funds after tuition and book charges have been covered is distributed according to your selected refund method.

Step 5: Stay Informed

Review important information about how enrollment changes and failure to comply with deadlines can affect your eligibility 

Click here: Stay Informed about Financial Aid